Dos Costas Oeste - Cedar Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 15
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: babaracas on 02-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lateral tasting with bottles from Lueken Liquors. Funky aroma, the funk stays in the taste and is moderated by some grapefruit and lemon and the wood. Very good very spicy flavour, but you have to tolerate the barnyard. Good drinkability.Full mouthfeel, carbonation significant

Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head on a deep golden haxy body. No lacing really. Aroma is of orange peel, yeast and corriander. The flavor is where the cedar is better represented with again belgian yeast, spices, lemon zest (very mild), sour cherry and tangy. Mild grass notes round this one out. light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. I cant wait to try the others in this series.

Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Don for sharing, and schlepping this all the way from Florida. Quick review transcribed from written notes.

Pours a nice sun-kissed orange color, light haze, and a lasting layer of foam on top that deposits some spotty lace here and there.

Subtle aromas of light yeast and phenolic spice, everyone was saying "so cedary" but I didn't pick up much woodiness at all really. To note: wasn't a fan of the cedar-aged Jai Alai either.

Flash of sweetness at first, some tangy note of cedar (apparently), ginger, long dry finish with lingering bready notes. A burly, chewy full bodied saison, it steamrolled the palate and was hard to recalibrate afterwards. Overall though, I can't really say I enjoyed it all that much, but it was fun to try. Thanks again Don!

Photo of womencantsail
2.17/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks, Jake.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a huge white head. Smells like the inside of a cigar box. Just overwhelming cedar aroma that drowns out pretty much everything else. Maybe a little malt and yeast. The flavor is just as bad. Overdone cedar along with some pepper, ginger, and maybe a touch of malt sweetness and yeast. Not a fan of this one at all.

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from EBF.

Clear golden color with a hint of a haze and straw and darker reddish wood color almost like a cedar plank, nice fizzy head.

Nose is much different than the other two, it still has the light golden saison malts, hints of spices, but it gets pretty peppery actually, a woody toasty cedar aroma.

Taste is also much different, it starts more like a Belgian tripel, with Belgian malts, but a bit of the softer saison flavors. Spices are fairly dominant in this one, with more coriander, pepper, white pepper and bell pepper, and a bit of a light farmhouse yeast flavor, like getting yeasty. The cedar wood comes out as well, more like oak barrel than the other two but not quite there. Finish is still dry and effervescent, but more of the spices and cedar.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall pretty good, quite different than the other two, a bit stronger and much bolder. Still a tasty beer.

Photo of MasterSki
2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Who brought this? Treebs? If so, you're slowly taking over my mantle of Bad Beer King. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Minimal white foam settles to nothing. Looks a bit like dehydrated and slightly hazy urine.

S - Smells like cedar, with a touch of sourness and orange peel in the periphery. It's mostly cedar to be honest, which I don't find offensive, but it's a bit mono-dimensional.

T - The taste is a bit more complex, with some of the citrus zest, sweet malts, and spices surfacing amid the massive amount of cedar. Gets harsh and unpleasantly woody in the finish.

M - Medium-full body, low carbonation, and super dry - like licking a piece of wood. Alcohol is well-hidden I suppose.

D - Well, on the plus side it didn't violently explode all over the floor like the Grapefruit Wood version. That being said, this tasted significantly worse - the cedar obliterated virtually everything I liked about the other versions and grew incredibly fatiguing.

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dixonian for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light orange-yellow color with a white head. As expected from a cedar-aged Cigar City beer, this beer smells like a humidor. I get a ton of cedar in the aroma with hardly anything else coming through. The flavor is more complex. I obviously get some strong cedar in the flavor, but there is also a good bit of dark fruit and toffee, as well as some lemon. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle split with oglmcdgl and sourpatchkid.

Dos Costas Oeste - Cedar Aged looks like the others in the series, A golden bright orange with some faint bronze hinting in between. And like the others a inch of firm whiteness. Some clings to the glass. Smell is not overwhelming cedar, less than Cedar Jai Lai for sure. Some bubblegum and sweet bread coming out. The hay and traditional saison is quite lost here. Taste is bold though with big bubblegum mixed in with cedar wood, although it's quite mingled in with orange, bread and alcohol. A lot to take in though. Feel is a sturdy medium with a syrupy feel after a bit. Carb was on point though, not dead. A whole bottle of this would have been a chore, 8oz's is plenty.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Exuberantly fruity, and a bit on the sweet side. I can be a critic of too much wood influence in beer, but this needs a bit more cedar to check the sweetness and fruitiness. The ginger is detectable in the aroma, but gets lost with the fruit in the taste. The fruit itself is a bit of a melange, but overall comes off like overripe peaches and plums soaked in some grappa. I think this one was better on paper than in reality.

Photo of corby112
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange color with a one finger white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Earthy, spicy aroma with some farmhouse funk, citrus fruit, bready yeast and dry, smokey wood. Hints of zesty pepper, coriander and clove followed by grassy hay, banana, bread and apple. I'm also picking up orange peel, alcohol and cedar. I was expecting the cedar presence to be stronger but it's subtly integrated into the nose.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a strong zesty spice presence that lingers over the farmhouse funk, light fruit and cedar into a dry finish. Hints of spicy clove, ginger and coriander followed by sweet apple, pear and orange peel. The farmhouse yeast is overpowered but there's a subtle earthy, funky character underneath. The cedar character is nicely integrated and isn't noticeable until the finish where it comes on pretty strong. Still, it doesn't interfere with the other notes, providing a dry smokey finish. Overall this beer is pretty complex and the ABV is well masked making it easy to drink. There's a lot going on but it remains interesting throughout.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep burnt orange with a small white head. Decent retention.

Smell - Cedar. Kinda peppery. More cedar. Then some cedar. Might be some pale malts in there, too.

Taste - And the cedar continues. Some malts, but really, it's all cedar. Slightly sweet with some fruitiness. Bitter, woody finish.

Mouthfeel - Overly woody, but it doesn't feel as heavy as other variants. Bitter, too.

Overall - The beer is lost. Way too much wood.

Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a Cigar City tulip glass. Pours a golden orangish color with an off-white head. 

S- The aroma is fruity malt, citrus, orange peel, hints of spices and some cedar notes as well.

T- The taste is really interesting. Malt up front with bitter orange peel and hops in the finish. The taste is very citrusy.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is another solid beer from Cigar City. 

Photo of rudzud
2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shared this with JLindros and BPK59...pains me to review this and the other 2 Dos Costas as they clearly had an issue with them either in storage before being traded to me, or in the bottling line. Poured into a standard tulip.

A - Hey...this one didnt explode on me just by looking at it funny! It was a slow riser for sure, but did pour a nice golden hue with a light, thinnish white blanket of a head.

S - Lots of cedar with this along with some light funk and pepper spices/peppercorns. The most appealing nose of them all.

T - Ugh. This was like chewing on a peppercorn tree bark, if such thing could exist in nature. Just drinks like lemon water that had some old cedar planks thrown into it.

M - Mouthfeel is average carbonation for a saison. Nothing special.

O - Overall this was the best of the Dos Costas beers I tried. that being said, this one wasnt all that good anyways...

Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one during a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, fruit, wood, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, cedar, citrus, fruit, and citrus hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The flavor on this one was pretty nice and really well balanced. The aroma was pretty nice and very inviting. Really glad I got the chance to try this one as I missed it due to my accident.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is clear orange with off white ring. Nose is heavy citrus and grapefruit with a faint note of cedar and barely any Saison. Taste has more farmhouse to it with a strong grapefruit and citrus backbone. Fairly sour dry finish on a fuller syrupy body.

Photo of cbutova
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pint glass pour with a clear orange golden body. Creamy white head forms to one finger. Retention is decent and a nice cloud stays behind. Good lace patches.

S- Jesus Cedar bomb madness. Like a big tree fell into the fermenter. Smoky and extremely piney hurrah.

T- Holy palate attack. Like a cedar tree has been soaking on my lips for an eternity. Seriously the wood is a destroyer. I just taste woody piney forest of eternity. Some orange and citrus comes through but caramel helps. Has an extreme peppercorn quality.

MF- Slightly watery moderately carbonated body. Extreme cedar bitter pine doom destroyed the palate.

Jesus the cedar. Really too intense at times.

Photo of Immortale25
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium gold color with a 1/2 inch head that slightly retains before crouching down to an 1/8 inch head and dots of surface foam. Moderate lacing.

S- Cedar so fragrant it stabs your nose in a nice way. Also the usual tobacco notes.

T- Jeez. You think they used enough cedar in this? It's so overpowering, that's all one can really taste. And it's not the cedar that compliments the hops so well in the Humidor series Jai Alai. It's more pronounced making it taste like you're licking a cigar box plus is more astringent. It blends badly with the high amount of booze as well. Sort of a band-aid flavor also. Plus, there's no indication of saison yeast.

M- Dry and unimpressive. Also stings a bit. Medium carbonation.

O- I was so psyched to have my first CCB/Bruery collaboration but it's just cedar overload. It smells good, but the taste and mouthfeel are certainly lacking. I can only hope the lemon wood aged is better.

Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1358th Review on BA
Bottle to CCB Snifter
750 ml

I bought this in Tampa in March and have been waiting to try them. StarRaptor was that reason

App- A deeper orange in the glass. Similar to the color of the cigar in the logo. Had a bit of a gold/amber color around the edges. Smaller head and zero cling.

Smell- Completely different then the other two. This had none of the citrus and freshness. This was a cedar wood bomb and smelled like fresh cut wood in Home Depot.

Taste- Damp and malty with only a little bit of the citrus. Had a lot of the Cedar going strong. It was a bit of a one dimensonal beer and just didnt pop like the other two.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium damp carbonation. Residual cedar and denser citrus flavors with a little bit of earthy to it.

Drink- This is the runt of the litter. Too overpowering from the Cedar. I'd take the other two over this anytime.

Photo of Stevedore
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Not sure how old this one is. Poured into a snifter 9/28/2014.

A- Hazy lighter yellow-orange body, one finger filmy head with good retention time, not much lacing. [3.5]

S- Spices galore, lots of cedar, a little bit of sweet caramel. And you know, that's about it. It's very cedar-heavy, similar to Cigar City's Humidor series beers. Honestly smells quite good. [4.25]

F- Unfortunately it just doesn't work on the palate. Essentially ends up tasting like cedar-soaked water. Sure, I can search for and find a few other flavour descriptors, but they really don't do much for me since the cedar dominates overall. [2.5]

M- Medium bodied, a bit frothy and creamy, dry cedar finish. [3.5]

O- Interesting drinking experience in that I've never experienced this much cedar in a beer before, but I definitely would not try this one again. [3]

Photo of jrenihan
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a cloudy yellow with a moderately-sized fizzy white head. Head begins to dissipate quickly. No lacing.

The smell is very unique. Coriander, ginger and especially the cedar are very, very strong. Really smells like wood with all the cedar scents. Fruit scents below that, orange in particular, some grapefruit as well, with the ginger cutting the fruit scents a bit. The whole scent is, for whatever reason, very reminiscent of seltzer to me. Quite unusual.

Like the nose, the taste is quite different. The cedar is very prominent, and the ginger plays a large role as well. Light fruits (orange and grapefruit) with a bit of a bitter, funky aftertaste. I don't like the role the ginger plays- I love ginger in food, but have yet to enjoy its use in beer. I enjoy this one more as I become accustomed to it, but generally am not overly impressed.

Medium bodied, high carbonation level. Does not taste like a 9% beer.

Overall, not like any other beer I have had, but not one that I would have again.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet grainy and lightly bready malts with coriander, orange peel, ginger, Belgian yeast, and cedar.

T - Starts off with sweet grainy and bready malts with some coriander, ginger, and lemon zest. Through the middle, the cedar comes through with some Belgian yeast, and a bit of floral hops. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts with coriander, orange peel, Belgian yeast, cedar, and a touch of ginger.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, sweet, and estery finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice strong Saison with some good spices thrown in and the cedar adding some nice complexity.

Photo of jsanford
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head and slight ring. Crisp aromas of sweet malt, orange peel, coriander, and cedar. Lots of cedar carries through to the taste, along with orange peel, spices, and a good amount of alcohol heat. Mouthfeel is slick, with a medium body and good carbonation. Not bad, perhaps a touch too much cedar in this one, it overwhelms everything else.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is ~1 yr old
The beer pours a hazy light amber with a fluffy white head that gushes out as soon as the cap's cracked. The nose is a spicy mix of distinct cedar, honey sweetness, a touch of fruit and peppery hops. The taste brings forward the same earthiness from the cedar and spice profile, but also juicy fruitiness from the yeast, grain, and orange peel. It's light-medium bodied, effervescent, spicy, semi-dry, bitter, and gracefully hides the alcohol. I'm happy to try this collab, but it's way too expensive for a repeat.

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter. I hated the two "fruit wood" aged versions...what about the base cedar aged?

A- pours a light, semi-transparent orange with a one finger pure white head. Now that's a nice looking beer.

S- getting a lot of cedar in the nose...very fragrant. Not very appealing, actually

T- the cedar lends a very floral taste to this, and I do not like it at all. And the thing is, that's the overwhelming flavor. I got pretty much none of the base beer at all.

M- body is pretty thin...I'll take it at this point

O- the wood absolutely dominates like it does in the other two beers in the series, and unlike those two, I can't taste the damn base beer at all. I like what both of these breweries do...but this collab series was a total mess

Photo of macrosmatic
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a snifter glass.

A: Light gold with a bit of haze and a 1 1/2 white foamy head. Some visible carbonation, but not tons.

S: Cedar, citrus, and some Belgian fruity yeast esters.

T: Huge cedar up front, then some puckering lemon flavors, with a light cracker malt. Overall impression is pretty fruity, then a very dry finish.

M: Alcohol moderately noticeable, good carbonation sensation, and a medium body for style.

O: This is the first varietal of the Dos Costas Oeste series I've had on tap. I'm very impressed, and am starting to form the opinion that cedar makes every beer taste better. Really tasty.

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Dos Costas Oeste - Cedar Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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